Sep 08-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: Sep: Sep 08-04
Chasing the rainbow    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Lee Rowe

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 06:39 am:

With summer wound down and school having begun, our thoughts up north, start turning towards fall and the anticipation of the season of color. Lee Rowe shows us that no matter the time, you can always find beautiful colors in the Upper Peninsula. Lee spotted this freighter leaving Escanaba, headed past a splashy rainbow, on its appointed rounds. She's puffing smoke from her stack, gliding over the stillness of Bay De Noc, making her way into the waters of Lake Michigan. Perhaps the color spectrum is leading the big boat to its 'pot of gold'! Or maybe the U.P. is the prize! ;->

By Renee in AL on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 06:40 am:

Good morning all!
First Post

By Renee in AL on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 06:43 am:

Wow! Woo hoo! I was actually the first post of the day!
Beautiful picture by the way!
Speaking of color...not sure how things are up north there but here it seems the trees are already starting to show signs of color. Really strange for that to be happening down here this early.
I hope everyone has a great day!
Best wishes,

By Misty on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 06:43 am:

Very nice picture this morning!!

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 06:51 am:

Beautiful, beautiful picture. Good morning from Mishawaka IN.

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 06:54 am:

By the way. We're starting to get color down here too. A little early for us also.

By kosk--back to teaching school in Toronto on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:03 am:

The UP is always the pot of gold at the end of
my rainbow. Thanks for a picture of a Lady of
the Lakes. One of my favorite geography
lessons is to use a couple of wooden
freighters to show how the various locks on
the St. Lawrence/ Great Lakes waterways help
to accomodate travel despite the varying water

By joe on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:17 am:

Good Morning from Brighton

Nice picture the fireest thing I look for on the
lake is freightor's. I travel around all the great lakes and alawys get the same excitement
seeing these ships on the water.

Nice morning here , I have a funeral to attend this morning then im off to alpena for the rest of the week of my vacation. Who knows i might get home sick for copper harbor and end up there.
Wait i was there over this last weekend.


By Skylar in Wi on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:21 am:

Good mornin all. What a cool picture. Later, Skylar.

By PFD, MI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:31 am:

Good morning from Houghton,
That is a great picture this morning. Even though I live in Houghton, we don't see many freighters these days when we do get out to the "big" lake.

By Therese from just below the bridge on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:33 am:

Well, today I turned 50. That means, optomistically, that I am at the half-way point in my life. realistically, more like the two-thirds point. Or, depending on speeding trucks and hungry bears, maybe right at the end.

Beautiful photo this morning! It made a very special birthday present. One more week before I am in Copper Harbor!

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:39 am:

Happy Birthday Therese from just below the bridge!!

By Kathie, SD on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:40 am:

We have a lot on the lake by Calumet and this is one of the views I am hoping to see someday when we move there. Beautiful.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:41 am:

Love the boat pics. Cooler here in West TX. Nothing like a boat to put your keel in the right direction for the day.

By Ahmeek Cliff Dweller on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:43 am:

I can hear my sisters right now, singing "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow" when they see this photo!! After all, there is a song for everything.
M.B. of WI-IL-MI, from yesterdays post-you're on!!
Have a good day everyone, I'm off to school.

By Ellen,Sunrise Side,Mi on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:44 am:

Good Morning to all... another nice day here but cool. Great picture and hopefully they have found the "POT OF GOLD" Ellen

By Ahmeek Cliff Dweller on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:45 am:

Happy 50th birthday, Therese!! (I meant to include that in the last post)

By db, OK on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:50 am:

Greetings from Tulsa.......

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:10 am:

The early bird gets the worm (or chipmunk) as seen on Sharon Smith's webcam right now.

By John, from the prairie on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:20 am:

Just back from the Keweenaw.

By mckenneyp, GR MI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:22 am:

Nice Picture of the boat eh! I love to watch ships and photograph them when I am in the UP. Occasinally we see some down here in Holland and Grand Haven but not like it was when I lived in Marquette. I got to see one almost everyday there! Have a great day everyone!

By Dave, Cairo on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:23 am:

Good Afternoon, From sunny Cairo. Been a busy few days and haven't an opportunity to say hello, until now. :-)

A bit cooler this visit, Sunday in the Sahara was a mere 104F. But cooled off to 48F at night.

Time to run to the next meeting, one of these days we'll stop meetings and get some REAL work done.


By DH,Flushing, MI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:26 am:

Just back from the Keweenaw, Michigan Tech & Curtis. Wish I ws still there, vacations never last long enough!

By anita, mi on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:31 am:

morning all. have a great day.

By Kathy from Whitmore Lake on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:35 am:

Hi all
Shipwatching is a favorite pastime when we're at our cabin on Lake Huron, outside of Cheboygan. The shipping lanes are right out in front. I still remember the time a saltie went on the wrong side of the Poe Reef lighthouse & got stuck.

By Cindy, St. Clair Shores, MI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:41 am:

Very nice picture, Lee. What a soothing scene to start my extremely busy schedule today. What a lucky moment to find a rainbow in the sky over the big lake. I hope I get to experience that someday, too.

By MIKE/.MN on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:41 am:

Lee also has great pictures of freighters as they visit Marquette on WWW.BOATNERD.COM

By SarahK, MI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:46 am:

If the Traditions Store (highlighted on the opening page) had a web site that you could order from without calling in...maybe it wouldn't need to go out of business.

Therese, I turned 50 this year, it's a piece of cake, I might even let my gray hair show and not color it anymore. Feel I deserve to show that I've lived this long. Also joined AARP just this week. Life goes on...and it is good.

Always great to wake up and see a lovely rainbow and the freighter is a plus.

By S.R. Grand Rapids, MI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:53 am:

I would venture a guess that the freighter is the Arthur M. Anderson. The rear self-unloading boom and the US Steel grey on the bow make her quite distinctive.

By Troll in Eagle Harbor on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:57 am:

I don't know...the first thought that came to my mind after seeing today's pic and reading the comment's went something like..."GEE TOTO! We aren't in Kansas anymore"....Or something like that.Hope everyone is off to a good start today.

By Mary Ann, WY on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 09:05 am:

Nice still waters on the lake. Miss seeing all the big boats.

By L-O-V-E Pastycam! on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 09:18 am:

Shhhhh... don't want the whole world to know what a "Pot of Gold" the UP is! ;)
Thanks for such a great picture!

By Karl, Cadillac Mi on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 09:28 am:

Neat picture! I am thinking of making a quick trip to Copper Country this weekend, how are the colors up there? They have been started in Cadillac area for a couple of weeks, at about 20% now I would say. Thanks for info.

By k, yooper in mass on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 09:44 am:

I will donate money to pasty cam if they could start straightening the horizon lines in Photoshop. There are so many wonderful pictures on this site with crooked horizons.

Maybe your monitor is crooked! ;->
Actually I do try to straighten them out, guess I missed that one!

By elm on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 09:45 am:

Great picture. Three of my favorite things, rainbows, boats and lakes. Please don't be judgemental about Traditions. It could be personal reasons that are none of our business.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 09:55 am:

The crooked horizons are because the U.P. is at the top of the world!

By Frank,,,,Milw...... on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 10:05 am:

Good morning!!! Boat or ship? Freighter or ore-carrier?? Not nit-picking, just wondering...

By Lori, Commerce Twp, MI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 10:21 am:

To LILY, Chassel...
*yesterdays post:
By Lily, Chassell on Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - 12:43 pm:
For a really good pizza, go to The Studio in Houghton, next door to the movie theatre (Shelden Ave.). Absolutely fabulous! Also, Spice of Life in Hancock makes the best sandwiches. I agree that the Suomi Restaurant has the best breakfasts. The best steaks are at North Shore Grill & Pub in Hancock.

Where is the north shore grill & pub in Hancock? IS that where the old Eagles was, down past the Hancock beach?

By Dave Cloutier - Littleton, Colorado on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 10:28 am:

I wanted to thank everyone for their restaurant and sight-seeing recommendations yesterday! You are the BEST!!

This trip is to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary and I was hoping to take my wife out for a pretty fancy dinner at least once. The Chamber of Commerce information suggests that is Fitzgeralds is nice. What would you recommend?

I can't wait to get there... just three more weeks...

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 10:28 am:

Oh no, here we go with the photo shop, straight horizon thing again!!! :)

Morning from Houston!

Its funny how different the weather can be from one place to another. Now you are taking down your humming bird feeders, and we are putting ours up. My friend said her and her husband watched 8 come in at dinner time. :)

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 10:32 am:

I just read the remains of yesterdays post, and saw the post about Dave being undercover. :) How funny! Well, glad to have ya back yopper66! :)

By shelly on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 10:33 am:

OOOOPPPPPSSSS! YOOPER not yopper! HA HA I guess I best have another cup of coffee!! :)-

By Misplaced Michigander, NJ on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 10:46 am:

Happy Birthday, Therese just below the bridge! Don't be depressed about fifty; the best and happiest years of my life began about that age. At 55 I started a new job which lasted 11 years, until retirement, learned computers, began to relax and really enjoy life. The best may be yet to come!! Enjoy your vacation in the UP.

By Capt. Paul in Nevada on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 10:49 am:

Good morning from sunny Nevada! Going to be another warm one; 104 today, but relief by next week; temps in the 80's.

The silver stripe on the front of the ship is no doubt a US Steel ship, but it could be any number in their fleet, not just the Anderson.

More food for thought to ponder; why does cargo get hauled on a ship, yet a shipment is hauled in a car???

By Thad on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 10:50 am:

Dave Cloutier - Littleton, Colorado:

I would recommend the Harbor House in Copper Harbor over Fitzgeralds. Get a table by a window for a view of the big lake while you dine.

(Just my .02 based on my dining experiences of course).

By Joe Finn, Rhinelander, Wi on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 11:04 am:

The Pilgram R. Steak House is #1.

By Dr. Nat in Nevada on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 11:17 am:

Good morning from Las Vegas!
It's always nice to start out my day looking at the pastycam. Having grown up in the desert, the thing I loved most about living in the U.P. was the water. The first year I lived up there I think I went to the lake just about every evening. It was so relaxing to sit on the lakeshore, listening to the waves and looking for ships.
Uh oh... first problem of the day just walked into my office. I better get to work.
Have a great day everyone!!!

By Lee, UP on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 11:18 am:

Thanks for all the kind comments. The ship (freighter, lakeboat,
oreboat..) is the Arthur M. Anderson. I'm rather addicted to
taking ship pictures. :o)

We're experiencing the beginnings of
color here. Just a touch here and there.

By keweenawgal on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 11:44 am:

Dave Cloutier - Littleton Colorado, I would recommend the Eagle Harbor Inn! We just had a wonderful dinner there over the weekend! The people there are so pleasent!

By pf on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 11:57 am:

I don't think the poster asking Traditions to have online
shopping was being judgemental, just trying to help out
the store by purchasing items. So many of the folks
who visit this site live far away from the UP and can't
shop at certain stores there unless they offer online

By danbury on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:01 pm:

Happy Birthday Therese!

By Joanne White Lk on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:06 pm:

Harbor House Harbor House hands down.
The best food in the world Try the Marinated Trout. North Woods in Hancock also excellant along with Pilgrim River in Houghton.

By Steve,WI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:15 pm:

Dave Cloutier I will put a 2nd vote for Harbor House and you have to order the chocolate souffle it will make you fall in love all over again

By Laurent: Montreal on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:16 pm:

Beautiful capture Lee. I love it.

By Steve,WI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:18 pm:

Ok 3rd vote.

P.S. happy birthday Therese!!!

By Becky, Lansing/Tamarack City on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:18 pm:

no one could answer about the mining gazette? does anyone know why it still shows as August 31?

By shelly on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:26 pm:

Happy Birthday Therese!! Do you live in Mackinaw City?

By Lily, Chassell on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:36 pm:

Lori, Commerce Twp, MI: Yes, North Shore is just beyond Hancock Beach in the former Eagles (or Elks?) building.

By Dave in Kuwait on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:53 pm:

104F in Cairo and Nevada? I can top that, it reached 123F here in Kuwait today!

(on another note, it seems like there's a lot of Daves on this website)

By Mary Lou on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:54 pm:

Greetings from Escanaba, nice to see a picture of beautiful and gentle Lake's a beautiful sunny day here in the deep south of the Yoop!!!!...I'll be making a trip "home" to Lake Linden in two weeks and hope to see the beautiful color around the "Big" Lake and at "The Harbor"!! I know why I never moved to Florida!!!!!.....Thank God, I only moved south to Escanaba!!.....

By Rose on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:58 pm:

Becky: Did you try refreshing ( or reloading the page) to update it? On the toolbar on the left of the Mining Gazette page, there is a spot to click for feedback. They can probably talk you through your technical problems.

By Rose on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 12:59 pm:

Yooper66: If this is you, Dave of Laurium, welcome back! As you can tell, everyone missed you !

By cj Hancock/Milford MI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 01:02 pm:

If we are talking places to eat: "Who has the best pickled eggs?" I say the B&B in Houghton or Douglas House also in Houghton. Any other ideas? Thanks!

By SDC, Ferndale, MI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 01:02 pm:

Therese, happy 50th. I'll be heading to that number the end of the month! You've got plenty of company....1954 was a great year!!!

By darrell oinas/st johns mi on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 01:05 pm:

Well have to say it is a nice picture, and I donít know about anyone else but I do not like the new format of the Daily Mining Gazette

By Dave Cloutier - Littleton, Colorado on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 01:18 pm:

Dave in Kuwait:
"Too many Dave's"... I have run into that all my life... In fact Dr. Seusse wrote a story by that exact name... Oh well, most Dave's I have met are pretty nice guys... Thanks again to everyone who made recommendations for good food in the Keweenaw...

By Candy, CA on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 01:27 pm:

If you're having trouble getting to the Gazette online, trying going through Ogden Newspaper's website,, and click on The Gazette's link under Michigan newspapers. Otherwise, try going under tools to internet options and, under the general tab, click delete files and clear history. Click OK, then refresh the page. You should be able to get there.

And Dave from Littleton, go back to yesterday's discussion for my (sorry) long offering about places to eat and a look back at Calumet's lunch counters.

By DH, Temecula, CA on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 01:29 pm:

Names go in cycles and we're riding a "Dave Wave".


By Dave - Littleton, Colorado on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 01:31 pm:

Candy, CA
Thank you for the information. I appreciate your (and everyone else) taking the time to help me. I am getting excited about our trip and knowing what to do and where to go makes me even more excited.

By Just wondering on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 01:31 pm:

How do you know Traditions is going out of business? They usually close for the winter...

By Mr. Bill on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 02:25 pm:

Ditto on the new Mining Gazette web page. It's a hog and takes forever to download. Printing off the daily crossword to much, much, slower. I also don't appreciate the new SUBSCRIBE NOW pop up, as I already do subscribe.

By Jason, Tennessee on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 02:28 pm:

Another great photo, Lee! This page helps keep me in touch with back home no matter how far away I travel. Thanks to all of you that submit these beautiful pictures for us all to enjoy!

By joanneof white lk on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 02:28 pm:

to cj hancock/milford
I think you and your brother-in law are the only ones diggin pickled eggs.I thought you only recommened places your side of bridge eh.

By Ahmeek Cliff Dweller on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 02:33 pm:

My guess is the big GOING OUT OF BUSINESS sign in front of their store (not being sarcastic, just couldn't resist!!), also, there was an add in the D.M.G. about the store closing.

By Upbama on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 02:51 pm:

As I look out the window of the Anchorage,Alaska Hilton, looking west its a beautiful Fall Day and a large cruise ship coing in. In fact the past 4 days have been perfect.

By Jeff Koski Mohawk on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 02:54 pm:

We have alot of color change in the Keweenaw Renee.Just looking out the window here in Mohawk and see much change going on.

By Hilary- school in Indiana, UP native on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 02:59 pm:

DAVE, YOU MUST GO TO THE HARBOR HAUS FOR YOUR ANNIVERSARY DINNER!!! And if Jen Kivela, Gilly Kivela or Kelly King are working, try to get one of them to be your server. The food is the BEST in the UP, the wine and beer lists superb, view spectacular and service great. There will be no disappointments.


By Sharyn - Howell, MI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 02:59 pm:

Traditions is going out of business. Rumor has it that yesterday was the first day of their going out of business sale, and close to 75% of the remaining stock flew out the door. WOW!

I've sold my handmade/stamped greeting cards there for years, and would like to thank all my customers for special orders, and repeat purchases. The Petersons and Linda P. come to mind as making my job fun over the years. Thanks!! Email me if you start going thru withdrawals! We'll set something up! :)

Why does a business go out of business? could be any number of reasons. I'll let my aunt Barb come on if she wishes to explain herself, but think of all these possibilities. Taking time to enjoy the yoop, the boat, the grandkids, mom and dad and life. Taking time to put the feet up. New endeavors and projects. I'm sure whatever the reason, closing a business is always bittersweet. We enjoy them while they're here and miss them when they're gone..but don't begrudge whatever reasons an owner chooses to move on.

By ME on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 03:14 pm:

I was able to refresh the Mining Gazette page by clicking on F5...

By Marcy/ Arizona on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 03:24 pm:

A guick happy birthday for Therese on her 50th, from someone who turned 40 a couple of weeks ago. Have a great day!

By maijaMI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 03:50 pm:

Dave: HARBOR HAUS--others mentioned are very good, but, HARBOR HAUS: no contest.

By Renee in AL on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 03:53 pm:

Happy Birthday to Therese!
I turned 42 this year myself. How many of you know the significance of that number? :-)
Best wishes,

By Hungry Jack on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 03:54 pm:

Just as confused as ever. Most everybody considers their favotite eating place the best. I guess that means we find out for ourselves, thank you very much.

By maijaMI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 04:02 pm:

Dave, also: there's a wonderful one-room suite right next door run by the Harbor Haus which is all by itself, way up high like a lighthouse. It's probably expensive comparatively, but it is gorgeous with huge windows all around overlooking the harbor. Full kitchen, etc. When I checked into it, I remember thinking, geez, that price is not bad. Staying there with dinner at the Harbor Haus would be an absolutely unforgetable anniversary. (course, how're you gonna top it?) CHECK IT OUT!

By maijaMI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 04:08 pm:

Dave: couldn't help myself. Called the Harbor Haus. The suite I was talking about is 125 per night which includes breakfast off the Harbor Haus restaurant menu. 906-289-4502

By Dave Cloutier - Littleton, Colorado on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 04:34 pm:

Hillary and Maija:
You are so nice! I just can't believe all the recommendations I have recieved! We are definitely going to have our special anniversary dinner at the Harbor Haus. It sounds like just the right place... and judging from the long list of other good restaurants in the area that I have compiled I had better start my diet right now!

I have my fingers crossed in hopes that there will still be some leaves left on the trees for Judi to see, but even if the leaves are gone she will love it. I am looking forward to showing her the area and hopefully I can get some new photos of the area... Wahoo! Thanks again to everyone! See ya in three weeks...

By downstate don on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 04:43 pm:

Karen; How is everything going where you are in
Florida? Are you waiting for Ivan to come? Have
not heard from you in awhile. How is your home?
Hoping all is well with you.

By shelly on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 04:45 pm:

Any news yet from Audrey?

By Matt, White Lake MI on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 04:45 pm:

For real good inexpensive Italian food go to Gemignanis in Hancock. You can't beat it. Also the Library in Houghton has a great all you can eat soup and half sandwich during the week.

By ert, GA on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 04:47 pm:

Do the BridgeCam folks know the camera has been stuck for several days? The picture is pretty, just not current.

By Candy, CA on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 04:58 pm:

Dave, the suite at the Harbor Haus was built by the restaurant's former owners, Fritz and Maiken Ehlers, to be used as their home in Copper Harbor. It's a wonderful space, an octagonal tree house of sorts, with windows all around. It's a very cool place -- here's the website for the restaurant:

By sad changes on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 04:59 pm:

The Library is for sale. Gemignani's is NOT called Gino's

Gemignani's Restaurant is GEMIGNANI'S, and always has been. They have FABULOUS spaghetti and other fine Italian cuisine. Right across from the Finlandia campus in Hancock.

Gemignani's was one of the first restaurants to support Pasty Central in the early days. They have since been joined by Mariner North, Eagle River Inn, the Harbor Haus, Eagle Harbor Inn, the Hilltop in L'Anse, Season Restaurant at Lac La Belle Lodge, and the Upper Deck at Ramada Hancock, to name a few. For hot Pasty Central pasties in Copper Harbor, stop by the Tamarack Inn.

By buckeye gal on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 05:17 pm:

Dave Cloutier,
My husband and I have shared wonderful evenings at both the Harbor Haus and Fitzgerald's. The food is great and the atmosphere is beautiful at either place. Hope you have an awesome anniversary celebration at the Harbor Haus. Save another sunset dinner for Fitzgerald's, however. Enjoy a gorgeous view of the sunset and passing freighters, while enjoying the delicious pecan crusted walleye and strawberry spinach salad. I can almost taste it now :o)

By Freethinkin Finn on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 05:38 pm:

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By Joanne of White Lk on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 05:48 pm:

Don't forget breakfast at the Harbour Haus.
The crepes are yummy,just save alittle for us.

By Audrey, San Jose, CA CURRENTLY in Manistique on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 05:52 pm:

HELLO from Manistique! Continuing to have a great time here!!! But that's all the time I have for now! BYE!

Shelly... talk to your step-mom!!!

By Candy, CA on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 05:54 pm:

Thanks, Charlie (or Mary) for letting us know where to get Pasty Central pasties in town! I always wondered if you could get them there, without having to order then online...

By Jeff@Illinois on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 05:56 pm:

Is Geno's still open in Hancock? We used to go there when I was at Suomi in the early 70s. They also sold their sauce at a small grocery store by the college. Place was across the street from a Dodge dealer. Ate with my new bride at the Harbor Haus while on our way to Isle Royle. Almost fell out of my chair when I spied a girl I went to school with there, Sheila something or other. Would of had some explaining to do....

By Candy, CA on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 06:04 pm:

Actually, it's Gino's. And, as I recall, the Gemignani family started Gino's Restaurant years ago, then sold it when they moved to the Green Bay area. The new owners kept the name, so when the Gemignanis moved back to Hancock, they opened the new restaurant under that name. The spaghetti sauces at both places (like Baroni's canned and Nutini's) are very similar, because the families all came to Hancock from the same region. All these places put out a great plate of spaghetti. You can buy sauce to go from Gino's, and Monticello's grocery store just down the street also offers a tasty homemade sauce to go (along with great homemade ravioli). If you want good Italian food, Hancock is the place to go.

By Trish in WA on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 06:33 pm:

After their wedding in Houghton in 1946, my parents
held their dinner party at Gino's. Eating there was a
family tradition for many years afterwards. We loved
their spaghetti sauce and bought it by the case (it was
canned) and my mom had a recipe for it. She's lost her
copy, and wonders if anyone has it? There was also
an Italian bakery in Hancock called Gedda's or Getta's
(sorry, I'm probably misspelling it) that had great crusty
rolls. Is it still open?
p.s. hey, Kathie in S.D.! Hear Mike is heading to
Calumet soon.

By Lori, Commerce Twp on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 06:46 pm:

Thank you Lily from Chassell on the clarification of the North Shores... My sister PFD from Houghton also emailed me to tell me it was the old Eagles building. On another note;
An update on Marine LCpl Nanue Houle... he is back in the States and was reunited with his parents yesterday, much to their relief.

By Pete, Illinois on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:30 pm:

Thanks for the help with the Gazette page, F5 did the trick.

By Therese from just below the bridge on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:41 pm:

Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes! I actually had a nice day for my 50th: watched the sun come up and Venus fade from view, took the dogs for a hike out in the woods, plucked half-ripe apples from the abandoned orchards for my black lab who LOVES apples, ate a few remaining blackberries, took a nap in the hammock under my pines, and went to my first watercolor class and made a colorful mess. Life does get better all the time, if you ignore the pain in the lower back and feet.

Shelly, I am actually a little farther down that Mackinaw City, about 20 miles below it, between Harbor Springs and Pellston. But

My heart's in the Northlands
My heart is not here
My heart's in the Northlands
Bein' chased by a bear'

... to slightly misquote Robbie Burns.

By from below the bridge on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 07:44 pm:

Has anyone else noticed the bridge cam hasn't updated since Labor Day? Or is time standing still up there?

There's a temporary glitch with the bridge cam, should be fixed in the next day or two! For now, just enjoy the beautiful shot last captured. :->

By R A L P H I E on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 08:39 pm:

Geez...Just checked out The Mining Journal website thru Ogden newspapers link...
They sure do have a lot more local stories then The Daily Mining Gazette site has...
Whadaya get from The Gazette now ? Maybe two sometimes three stories a day ?

By wondering on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 09:16 pm:

ru we going to have alot of snow this winter cause the leaves r falling off already and its been cold this summer.???????/

By UP pt on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 09:44 pm:

R A L P H I E, There are more stories in the Mining Journal because it covers the BIG city of Marquette and surrounding areas. Bigger towns make for more news!

By Gary, Kentucky on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 09:57 pm:

I wish time would stand still up there. We just got back from Calumet last night. Time goes by way too fast when you get to come home. I knew that picture was not taken on lake superior as there were whitecaps yesterday when we left. Still a nice picture from home

By Barb, Traditions Owner on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 10:22 pm:

Traditions' closing is bittersweet. The reasons are varied; Sharyn covered most. None are due to a lack of customer support. SINCERE THANKS to all both far & near - loyal customers who became good friends. The joint effort (myself & 3 partners) was the key to it's success.

By flyin till the wings fall off on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 10:54 pm:

My uncle was a Captain on the Mather Line. He is the reason I ended up at da Tech. Probably went thru the canal one time and told me Dad to send me there. Best thing that ever happened. Will be up for color change.

By Joey, Olympia, WA on Thursday, September 9, 2004 - 12:16 am:


I also have to vote for the Harbor Haus. I worked there for about 4 seasons back when Maiken still owned it-she eventually sold it to the Head Chef Ron Waara-and he is culinary wizard! The food is exquisite, the view is beautiful always-and there is no "bad" table in the restaurant-they all have a view of the big lake, and the service will be wonderful. If you time your dinner right you will get to see the staff go out and dance to greet the boat coming in from Isle Royale (I'm assuming that they still do that). If the menu hasn't changed I would recommend some of the house specialties-spinach salad with a warm bacon dressing, marinated whitefish, beef rouladen-actually everything on the menu is awesome. After dinner if you want to meet some of the locals-stop off at Zik's Tavern about 1 block from the Harbor Haus-always fun! Have a great trip and a happy anniversary-and can never go wrong with jewelry ;)

By downstate don on Thursday, September 9, 2004 - 12:22 am:

flying till the wings fall off; and vat tid da Tech do fer ya? Tid it get ya flying hi? Or tid
you fly pas da houten pridge til da kows com home?

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Thursday, September 9, 2004 - 12:27 am:

Speaking about going out of business sales: Does anyone remember Rentmaster's in Hancock? Seems like they were going out of business for a long, long time. Got to be sort of a joke.

By Ken from da UP on Thursday, September 9, 2004 - 12:31 am:

Lee Rowe, I enjoyed your boat pix album. I haven't sailed since '63, but seeing them makes me a little lonesome yet.

By Shirley Ruonavar Laurin on Thursday, September 9, 2004 - 12:33 am:

To Alex Tiensivu, Georgia - Don't remember if my aunt had a dog or not. Her son, Jerry, lived there and helped with the business. My aunt, Alida, and Elsie Lampela from Mohawk were twins. Our house in Gay was torn down many years ago, but it was across the alley from the Tiensivu home. I remember Butch T. It's amazing how quickly the years fly!!

By way of a vote on a great place to eat, the Harbor Haus can't be beat. My husband looks forward to having the broiled whitefish every summer. We love to sit and enjoy the gorgeous view...there's nothing like it.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Thursday, September 9, 2004 - 05:59 am:

Just getting today's Pasty Cam ready to publish, and I remembered capturing a shot from the Live Kitchen Cam yesterday at the Harbor Haus.

Second from the left is Chef Ron Waara. The crew gets pretty busy around lunch and dinner time, and the Kitchen Cam looks like Grand Central Station. The live shot updates every 3 minutes, by way of Pasty.NET's high speed wireless in Copper Harbor.

Thurday's Pasty Cam will be along in a few minutes!
By Dave - Littleton,Co on Thursday, September 9, 2004 - 10:32 am:

Wow!! I am truly overwhelmed by the response to my request for recommendations on dining in the Keweenaw. You guys are so unbelievably nice! Charlie, I checked out that link to the Harbor Haus and that place looks wonderful! Their menu is incredible!... Both Judi and I love good food (as my waist line would suggest) and I can't think of a better way to celebrate our 5th wedding aniversary than to be back in da U.P. for fall. Thank you to everyone for all your recommendations! Sincerely, David Cloutier

By kosk in Toronto on Thursday, September 9, 2004 - 10:00 pm:

Freethinkin Finn,

I followed up on the website you suggested
yesterday. Interesting stuff. Though I was not
raised Old Apostolic, that is my family
background on one side and had roommates
who practiced that faith when I was at
university. What is the date in the
archives where the lively discussion about the
OALs took place. I'd be interested to read it.

Also, in case you've never seen it, there is a
modern Finnish novel that has a Laestadian
background by Vittula. I can't remember the
exact title, and have loaned it to a cousin. It
makes interesting reading.

Hope you get to read this e-mail.

By Freethinkin Finn on Sunday, September 19, 2004 - 12:45 am:

kosk in toronto,
Thanks for the book recommendation: the title is Popular Music
from Vittula, and I've ordered it from the library. Sounds good --
apparently a literary success. While trolling through Amazon's
new search engine, I found reference (in a book about the Civil
War re-enactors) to "OALC women in the UP" who sew
confederate flags for $8 an hour. Now that is an odd job.
Per your question: the lively discussion about the OALC is in the
archives at 12/16/01.
There is another new blog you'll find interesting: http://

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